Beckett Set To Start Sunday At McCoy As Rehab Continues

Boston Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett will make a rehab start for the PawSox this Sunday (July 11) when the PawSox host the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA-Washington) at 1:05 pm at McCoy Stadium.  Beckett has been on Boston's disabled list since May 19 with a lower back strain.  He is 1-1 with a 7.29 ERA in 8 GS for the Red Sox this season. 


Josh threw a 55-pitch simulated game in Tampa Bay today vs. batters from the Gulf Coast Red Sox as the Gulf Coast game this afternoon between the Orioles and the Red Sox was postponed due to rain. 


Beckett came into this season with a 65-34 record in 122 starts for the Red Sox from 2006-2009 and during that time his 65 wins ranked 3rd most in all of Major League Baseball behind only Roy Halladay (69) and CC Sabathia (67).  Furthermore, he and Javier Vazquez are the only pitchers in baseball to record at least 150 strikeouts during each of the last seven seasons from 2003-2009. 


Beckett, 30, was the 2003 World Series MVP for the Florida Marlins and is a two-time American League All-Star (2007 & 2009) with the Red Sox.  He has a 7-3 mark with a 3.07 ERA in 14 career postseason games including 3 CG shutouts in the playoffs.



In other PawSox pitching news, RHP Randor Bierd (2-4, 5.59) will start on Wednesday at Lehigh Valley in place of RHP Michael Bowden (4-3, 3.77 in 16 GS) who is being moved to the PawSox bullpen for the time being.